When we see an athlete blow somebody off—whether it's a reporter, a coach, a former teammate or a fan—we love it. Secretly or not-so-secretly, it thrills us.
Mostly, it's funny. We expect athletes to be calm, cool and collected when facing the media, mostly because they should be used to the drill. So when they lose it—in front of a televised audience—it's awesome.
Unless it happens to you.
Back when Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were just starting to become household names, I saw David Givens at a Celtics game and asked him for an autograph. He declined because he was afraid I was going to incite a riot of people who wanted his autograph. Which would be reasonable, except for the fact that he's David Givens.
Here are some people who are much better at executing the brush-off than a middling Patriots receiver.